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Europe's Coming of Age

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European integration has had many successes and failures, Brexit being one of the biggest failures. Despite the setbacks, the EU has been acquiring more functions and members and has now reached a stage where it needs to become a political adult.

In this book, one of the world’s leading authorities on Europe provides a lucid and wide-ranging appraisal of contemporary European affairs – of how the EU became what it is today and the key challenges Europeans must now confront.  These challenges include the search for a common foreign and security policy that will also require a more symmetrical transatlantic relationship; the search for democracy beyond the nation-state; more inclusive societies; the development of the euro into a fully-fledged currency; a higher degree of autonomy in high technology and the greening of economies.

In Tsoukalis’ view, what is at stake in these challenges is whether the EU can exercise effective political power in a multipolar, highly asymmetrical, and increasingly unstable world, and whether it can find a workable relationship between global markets and domestic social contracts. Willing and able countries should lead the way. The stakes are high – and not just for Europe. A declining and marginalized Europe would not be able to defend fundamental interests and values, including freedom and security for its citizens. And the world would greatly benefit from the moderating influence of a regional power that operates on the basis of broad consensus and compromise.

This bold and ambitious book, based on extensive experience of European affairs, will be of value to anyone interested in Europe and its future as well as anyone concerned with the great political challenges of our time.

Author: Tsoukalis Loukas
Pages: 246
ISBN: 9781509554553
Cover: Hardback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2022


Introduction    Declaration of Intent

PART ONE. Extracts from a Diary on the European Journey

1 When Everything Seemed Possible

2 Learning from Crises

3 The Ability to Surprise

4 When the Facts Change

PART TWO: Main Challenges and Choices

5 How Many Presidents and Crises for the Euro?

6 ‘That’s Your Bloody GDP, Not Ours’

7 Digital Laggard and Green Pioneer

8 Defending Common Interests – Against Whom?

9 Delivering the Goods: Elites and Democracy

10 Who Needs Europe, and What For?


Loukas Tsoukalis is Professor of European Integration at the University of Athens and President of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), the main Greek think tank on European and foreign policy. He has taught at many of the top universities around Europe, including Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the College of Europe. He has also held visiting professorships at Sciences Po in Paris, the European University Institute in Florence, and King's College, London. In 2016, he was Pierre Keller Visiting Professor at Harvard University. The author of many books on European integration and international political economy, he habitually crosses the boundary between economics and politics, theory and policy, and is familiar with the Brussels world, having served as special adviser to the former President of the European Commission. A public intellectual, he has for long been actively engaged in the European policy debate.

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